Construction Engineering Management Certificate

Construction Engineering Management Certificate

Get Ahead in the Construction Industry

Don’t just ask yourself, “What’s next?” Build a path to the next level and beyond with Clarkson University’s Advanced Certificate in Construction Engineering Management (CEM).

We developed this nine-credit-hour program for construction industry professionals looking to broaden their skills. Courses help you qualify or maintain licensure and offer a comprehensive perspective of project management. Courses can be completed 100% online or in a hybrid format.

Enhance your engineering foundation for the construction industry. Understand what’s needed to create strong relationships with clients and builders. Prepare to source and transport materials and develop sustainable projects. You’ll also become more attuned to various risks and quality control issues.

Why Study Construction Engineering Management?

The construction industry is becoming increasingly complex. At the same time, projects are expected to be more sustainable.

This certificate presents a holistic look at managing all project stages:

  • Credential preparation: Become a valuable asset for your employer. Prepare to successfully obtain credentials as a LEED Green Associate or an Envision Sustainability Professional — a step that can increase your salary.
  • Professional development: Earn New York state-approved Professional Development Hours (PDHs). Time spent on each of the three required classes counts toward the PDHs needed to fulfill continuing education requirements for licensure or to maintain credentials.
  • Flexibility: Complete your certificate around your schedule. Clarkson offers CEM certificate courses at both campuses, as well as online.
  • Grow your network: Connections help you reach the next stage of your career. Today, numerous construction companies in New York State are led by Clarkson graduates. CEM students benefit from our vast and distinguished alumni network.
  • Look ahead: Clarkson’s CEM certificate helps turbocharge your construction management career. All three CEM certificate courses fulfill core requirements for the Master of Science in Construction Engineering Management.

What You’ll Learn

Three courses cover:

  • How to source materials and get them to the job.
  • Risks that could potentially derail a construction project.
  • Sustainability practices in construction.
  • Safety and quality control concerns.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Pre-design skills, including estimating, budgeting, planning and negotiating.
  • Project management.
  • Collaborating with architects, designers, engineers and contractors.

Students who complete the Advanced Certificate will have already met 3 of the 4 required core courses if they choose to earn a Master of Science in Construction Engineering Management.

Review the full curriculum and course information below.

Update your knowledge of industry practices and skills through courses taught by leading industry experts:

CE510 Sustainable Infrastructure and Building

Learn the Integrated Project Delivery strategies that help achieve industry goals. These strategies bring together the environment, people, technologies and systems. Prepare to focus on projects that benefit the public and increase value for owners.

CE506 Advanced Construction Engineering

Knowing the fundamentals and having a few years of on-the-job experience aren’t enough. Learn to combine professional and technical expertise to provide the highest level of quality to clients and the public.

CE591 Special Topics in Construction Engineering Management

What interests you about this field? What challenges you? Confront hard questions as visiting industry executives introduce you to some of construction’s most difficult problems and case studies.

Construction industry professionals turn to Clarkson’s CEM program and go forth to influence projects, sustainability and building design. Notable alumni include:

Garth Bastion '00, MBA '02

Vice President, Whiting-Turner

Brian Hanlon '06

Vice President, Slate Hill Constructors

Maggie Kwan '97

First Vice President of Civil & Structural Engineering, Tishman Construction (an AECOM Company)

Andy Pilipczuk '96

Senior Project Manager (HealthCare) at Turner Construction Company

Derek Hennessey '93

Director, RW Block Consulting, Inc.

Erik Gundel '89 (CEE)

Vice President of Operations, Kiewit Northeast

Robert LiMandri '87 (ME)

Senior Principal, Vidaris (and former building commissioner in NYC)

Pat Murnane '79

President/Owner of Murnane Building Contractors, Inc. and Former Chairman of AGC of NYS

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Online Application Form.
  • Résumé.
  • Statement of purpose.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Official transcripts.
  • GRE test scores: Not required.
  • For international applicants, an English proficiency test is required.
    • Minimum test score requirements: TOEFL (80) and TOEFL Essentials (8.5), IELTS (6.5), PTE (56) or Duolingo English Test (115).
    • The English language-testing requirement is not waived based on language of instruction, nor do we accept university certificates. English testing is waived if an applicant has a degree from a country where English is the Native Language. Click here to see the list of these countries.

Prerequisites: BS/BA or equivalent.

Career Possibilities

Keep ahead of industry trends. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 8-percent more positions for construction managers between 2021 and 2031. A mix of industry knowledge, project management and leadership skills are essential for accessing these opportunities and standing out.

Possible job titles include:

  • Assistant chief engineer
  • Chief building engineer
  • Chief engineer
  • Construction manager
  • Engineering manager
  • Engineering project manager
  • Infrastructure project manager
  • Project manager
  • Senior project engineer


Through our alumni network and their advanced, versatile skill set, graduates of the Advanced Certificate in Construction Engineering Management program have found positions with:

  • Barrett Paving Materials, Inc.
  • Cives Steel Company
  • ECS Limited
  • Harrison & Burrowes
  • Kiewit Construction
  • Ruston Paving Co., Inc.
  • Slate Hill Constructors
  • The DDS Companies
  • The Pike Companies
  • Tioga Construction
  • Turner Construction

Contact Us

Graduate Admissions Team
Phone: 518-631-9831

Erik Backus
Director of Construction Engineering Management Program

Donna Kowal
Program Coordinator

Learn About the CEM Master’s Program

Thinking about advancing your knowledge? Continue past the certificate’s three courses to finish the MS in Construction Engineering Management (MSCEM). Here’s what to expect in terms of course scope and outcomes.

Learn More About the Master's Program

What Our Alumni Have to Say

Learn more about the career-boosting impact of Clarkson’s CEM program directly from our alumni.

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